Category Archives: Voices

Hunted House Time is here !!

Oct 22, 2014 | Author: LaShanna Saunders

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Hunted House time is here once again. RHA ( Resident Hall association) is having their annual Hunted House on October 31st in South Hall Basement from 6-8:30pm. Hunted House is one of RHA’s biggest and most well know events here at UC. Hunted House is free and it is opened to faculty members, staff and the entire Utica Community.  Every October South Hall is decorated by RHA members and every room/ space consist of a  different theme.  Also, Children will receive free  candy at the door. You don’t want to miss this Hunted House this year, it’s going to be epic.

What is RHA?

RHA is stands for Resident Hall Association. RHA is geared towards making campus life more comfortable and enjoyable. In the past we have had numerous amount of successful events on campus. Such as Hunted House, Crystal Ball, Date auction, and Luau. We have our general body meetings every Wednesday in Bell Conference Room ( located in the basement of bell) at 1pm. Commuters as well as on campus students are welcomed to join us. Can’t attend weekly General body meeting? If your schedule conflicts with our meeting date/time No Problem. ! We are a lot of flexible with students, if you contact one of the RHA e-board members and let them know then you can be put on our email list and we will keep you up to date on everything that is going on.

Think it’s too late to  be apart of hunted house?

Nope, RHA is always looking for help. RHA has several areas were extra’s are needed and RHA also has little duties and big duties, there’s something out there for everyone to do.

General Body Meetings: Wednesday at 1pm in Bell Conference Room

Hunted House Meetings: Wednesday Night  at 9pm

Location: South Hall

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Feeling Grateful

Oct 22, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

Even though I have been extremely busy lately, I haven’t forgotten to stop and appreciate what is around me or what I have in my life. There are several points throughout the day that I get a little down time and instead of using that time to scroll through social media, I use it to stop for a second and realize all the amazing things I have , especially the things I sometimes take advantage of.

The next time you have a little break, stop and think about what you are grateful for. For some reason it always boosts my mood!

Here are the top five things I am grateful for:

My Mom: let’s make this one simple, she is my number one inspiration.

My Family: without my family I would be a lost soul, I definitely can say that my family is my biggest support system. From my immediate to my extended family, they are always there for me and I always know that I can count on them for anything.

My Friends: sometimes all you need is someone to listen to you vent about your crazy, stressful life and I can count on my friends for being just that.

Utica College: UC has opened the door to so many opportunities and connections on and off of campus. I would never have imagined myself to be where I am today and I am excited to see what is in store for me in the furture.

Caffeine: without this little boost in life I don’t know where I would be. I mean c’mon, a cup of coffee or Red Bull really can turn a not so good day into a great one!

Remember, sometimes you need to stop and smell the roses.

Career Advice: How to Be a Go-Getter

Oct 21, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

“Look at them. They are such go-getters!” Let’s be honest. How many times have we all heard (or said) that before? We might be describing our friends, family members, co-workers, or even ourselves.

Being a “go-getter” is such a wonderful compliment, and we as future professionals should embrace it. How can we get there? How can we motivate ourselves to be “go-getters”?

Tips on how to be a go-getter, from a go-getter herself! (created by me in Pixlr)

Tips on how to be a go-getter, from a go-getter herself! (created by me in Pixlr)

  • Believe that you CAN overcome any obstacle: There is a force within you that is greater than any roadblock. It’s called determination. Every go-getter believes that they have strengths and capabilities to climb over the hurdles that life will inevitably throw at us. Sometimes, these hurdles can be so big, so overwhelming that we start to lose our hope, confidence , and simply, just want to quit. That’s a natural reaction, but in those times, we have to believe that our purpose is far greater than what we think.
  • Create visions and goals for YOUR life: No matter what year you’re in, as college students, we know that we are nearing the end of our education. It’s time to lace up our running shoes and achieve our dreams. Note: a vision is NOT the same thing as a plan. The difference? A plan is structured, a vision is more broad.
  • Blend your passions and professions: As we grow up it becomes easier to lose our passions. We start to focus on the life’s stresses and forget what truly makes us happy. I think we owe it to ourselves to at least try to incorporate our passions into our work. Having trouble figuring out if you’re in the right program? Ask yourself what your passions are and ask yourself if you can make that work in your career.

What are your top three ways to be a go getter? 

Biology to Biochemistry

Oct 21, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

I came to UC in Fall of 2013, I registered myself as a Pre-Med Biology major. I chose to major in Biology because I found it very fascinating throughout high school and took many biology classes because of that. When coming to UC I thought I was ready for all of the work the science classes had in store for me. As a biology major it was required that I take Bio 211 (General Biology I), I was excited because I thought it would be a review of the bio classes I took in high school. I was sadly mistaken, I started off enjoying that class; however, it all went downhill in the middle of the semester. Another science class I was taking was Chem 211 (General Chemistry I), I was scared to take this class, because in high school I hated chemistry . Surprisingly, I loved Chem 211 way more than Bio 211.

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I made it through fall semester, I decided to continue on as a biology major. Spring semester I needed to take the other half of the classes (Chem 212 and Bio 212). I enjoyed General Chemistry II but absolutely dreaded General Biology II. At this moment I set up a meeting with my adviser to discuss switching my major to chemistry. I did some research on the different chemistry concentrations, I found out that you can have a concentration in Biology which is useful to me because I am pre-med and am required to take a lot of biology classes. I switched my major to Biochemistry with a concentration in biology, and I feel as if it was the best decision I have ever made. It’s crazy how you could enjoy a subject throughout your high school experience and then come to college and fall in love with a subject you dreaded in high school.

Anything is Possible

Oct 21, 2014 | Author: Nayary Rosario

Many of us struggle  in various ways when it comes to school. The way in which I struggled is very common to a lot of people, but I feel like it affects me a lot more than everybody else. My problem is when it comes to paying attention. I am really bad at staying focused during class, and any little thing can easily distract me.

Over the years, I have discovered that I learn better one-on-one, and I cannot learn in a class full of students. Usually, when I am around people, I get distracted when someone makes a certain movement, and it will make me lose my train of thought. Because of that, I make sure I have tutors for all my classes, and I also apply early so I wont be stuck on the waiting list. That way, whenever I need help, I can go to my tutor or math teacher and get the help I need.

One of my math teachers left a great impact on me because he noticed how, in the beginning of the class, I was doing great, and my grades just started falling down. I did not use my phone and I just sat through the class, writing down what he told us, but did not really take in what he did in class. I used to go back to my room confused and that caused me to not do so great in my class. He got so upset with me one day, and told me I was going to fail his class if I kept getting the grades I was. He made me feel bad because I could see how disappointed he was, and I did not like that.

I soon started attending his office hours, and everything was so easy for me. I was kind of upset because I could have seen him before, and my laziness kept me from going to meet with him. If I went to his office hours from the beginning, I was pretty sure I could have gotten an “A” in his class, and he even said it himself. Even though I did not get my A in that class, I was able to pump my grade up in the last 4 weeks of class from and F to a C+, and I can say I am truly proud of myself. What made me feel even better was how proud and happy he was of me.

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Middle of Midterms

Oct 21, 2014 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

Didn’t the year just start last week? Well, that’s exactly how it feels.
Guess what? We are in the middle of midterms….

Here are some tips to do well on your midterms:

1. Skim: On midterm eve, you may be tempted to open up your chemistry book and read every word of chapters 1-55. Don’t! This is a waste of time. Instead, focus on chapter headings, footnotes, the course syllabus.

2. Don’t cram: On this same note, don’t wait until the night before your exam to begin studying for it. Instead, prepare sooner.

3. Disconnect: Facebook, Pintrest, Twitter, and email are all unnecessary distractions, so while studying, disconnect for an hour or so. You may be surprised at how much you can accomplish when technology doesn’t get in the way.

4. Take breaks: Consequently, a 12-hour marathon study session won’t do anything but make you crazy. Instead, take short breaks every hour or so, even if only for 10 minutes. Leave your study area when you do. That bit of fresh air may be just what you needed to clear your head.

Follow these few steps and you’ll see great results if you haven’t already.

October Festivities

Oct 20, 2014 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

This October has been quite busy with preparing for midterms, but that did not stop me from having some fun! Sometimes, all you need is a few hours to do something you enjoy.

On October 9th, Utica College’s Gay/Straight Alliance hosted an event called “Mom, Dad… I’m Gay.” This event gave anyone the opportunity to get on stage and share their story of how they came out to their family and friends. It was amazing to see the courageous individuals stand up in front of strangers and tell their story.

The support that filled Strebel Lounge was beautiful. It is incredible to be a part of a community that is so supportive of the diversity on campus. Each story was so unique and touching. I am very proud to say that I am the secretary of this organization. I am straight, along with many other members who are here to support the LGBT community that we have here on campus.

Cake Pops, t-shirts, and two of the beautiful GSA members!

Cake Pops, t-shirts, and two of the beautiful GSA members!

Some of the courageous individuals who shared their stories with us.

Some of the courageous individuals who shared their stories with us.

GSA's e-board (above), GSA members along with some students who attended the event (below).

GSA’s e-board (above), GSA members along with some students who attended (below).

On October 13th, I tagged along with the International Studies Office to Syracuse, where we went to Abbott Farms and Destiny USA. While at Abbott Farms, we walked through the corn maze, were able to slingshot apples or shoot them out of a cannon, feed and pet some of the animals including goats, pigs, and chickens, and lastly, we enjoyed some of the fall favorites such as corn on the cob, hot apple cider (my personal fall favorite) and apple fritters. After all of those activities, we were off to Destiny USA! It was a blast hanging out with the international students, and on top of it all… I was able to get my shattered screen fixed on my phone. It was definitely an overall great day!

Nothing but smiles with my pumpkin!

Nothing but smiles with my pumpkin!

On October 14th, I had one of my RA events called “Bra Pong” in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. I put together a board with bras pinned to it (shown in the image below), and the residents who wanted to play had ten attempts to shoot the pong ball into the cups of the bras. It was very exciting to see the residents get involved and have a friendly competition with each other! Prize – 10 boxes of candy!

Bra Pong

This past weekend was Homecoming, one of the most exciting weekends of the fall semester where families come up to visit their loved ones and one event after another. Friday was packed with events and guest appearances, my favorite events were definitely the Casino Night (hosted by Inter-Greek Council) and Pub Night: Students’ Showcase (hosted by Utica College’s Programming Board).

Saturday was full of tailgating and preparation for the football game against St. John Fisher that started at 1 p.m. Even though we lost, there was a lot of support from the fans! This was also the first game where there was a student section sectioned off in the bleachers, giving out free t-shirts that said “Rack Attack” to the first 75 students who arrived!

Later that evening, I accompanied my friend to his Alpha Chi Rho formal. I’m very close to many of the brothers within the fraternity, so it was a blast being able to attend a night just for them. They gave out awards that were both funny and heartwarming. Current brothers as well as alumni made speeches that were really wonderful to listen to. AXP is still new to the campus but definitely has made a great impact so far. Homecoming weekend was a success for me, hopefully for you as well!

Some of the pictures from the Alpha Chi Rho formal!

Some of the pictures from the Alpha Chi Rho formal!

October is only a little more than halfway over, so I am excited to see what is in store for me in the upcoming weeks!

Homecoming 2014!

Oct 20, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

This weekend marked my fourth and last Homecoming Weekend as a student at Utica College. While I have always had fun during Homecoming in the past, this weekend was the best Homecoming yet!

At the Homecoming Carnival my sophomore year, October 2012, with Karita and Justine

At the Homecoming Carnival my sophomore year, October 2012, with Karita and Justine

In years past, the highlight of Homecoming was always the Carnival Under the Stars on Friday night. However, this year, UC decided to provide different programming instead of the carnival. It was unexpected, but I still enjoyed the weekend and the new things to do and see!

Me at Homecoming Weekend 2013, which was my junior year, with my boyfriend Ryan!

Me at Homecoming Weekend 2013, which was my junior year, with my boyfriend Ryan!

The weekend started out with the casino night in Strebel Lounge. As usual, the lounge was packed with student volunteers, alumni, and families all having a great time. I love seeing all of the Inter-Greek Council members hard at work. They always do a great job running events like this! Later on, I worked at the student showcase with WPNR, which took place in the Pioneer Pub. WPNR, aka the Utica College radio station, DJ’d the event and had their own music showcase segment. It was so much fun to get the crowd going with all sorts of music, especially when students’ younger siblings were getting out of their booths and dancing. Even Campus Safety officers were joining in with the dancing!

Ashley and I, who both work at WPNR, along with Trax and Miss Monica. Everyone was having a great time at the student showcase!

Ashley and I, who both work at WPNR, along with Trax and Miss Monica. Everyone was having a great time at the student showcase!

The following day, Saturday, was the biggest day for Homecoming programming. My day started out bright and early because I worked at the WPNR tent before the football game. WPNR played music throughout the tailgating, and even though it was chilly and rainy, there was a huge turnout! Even before 9 a.m., there were tons of happy Pioneers in the parking lots. It made working so early in the morning in the cold rain much more enjoyable!

Of course, after the tailgating was the big football game against St. John Fisher. Although the Utica Pioneers lost, everyone was still in good spirits for the rest of the programming that day. Later at night, the America’s Got Talent illusionist and UC alum Leon Etienne packed the Strebel Auditorium for an amazing show. I saw Leon last year, and his show this year was just as fun. Even though I have seen the show twice now, I still couldn’t figure out how he did such amazing illusions! I am a sucker for magic, and Leon is a great performer.

 

Enjoying Homecoming Weekend my senior year with friends and fellow bloggers Laura and Karita

Enjoying Homecoming Weekend my senior year with friends and fellow bloggers Laura and Karita

After Leon’s show, there were fireworks outside in the Strebel Lounge, which was a great way to spend the time before the John Cassidy: Balloon Freak Show began. I had no idea what to expect for this show. All I knew was that the performer, John Cassidy, had some Guinness World Records for how fast he could make balloon figures. The show was absolutely hilarious and one of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen at UC. John was funny, extremely skilled, and unpredictable. He was just as fun for the students as he was for the family members who attended the show. This show was so different from anything else that UCPB has brought to UC, and I hope he will be back for future students to enjoy!

Once I made it through such busy days on Friday and Saturday, I spent most of Sunday sleeping and doing homework, though others continued the Homecoming festivities with sporting events and award ceremonies. This weekend was a total success, and I was so grateful to have had such a great Homecoming my senior year!

What I Love About Utica College: Fall Semester Edition

Oct 19, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit down due to midterms and gloomy weather, but I hate feeling that way. I don’t believe in bad days (As I’ve stated before…). So, I decided to make a list of all of the great things on campus that I appreciate, and some things that I am looking forward to for the rest of the fall semester; I figured that would cheer me up in no time!

(A picture I snapped the other days of the trees on campus.)

(A picture I snapped the other days of the trees on campus.)

The ambiance – Utica College is a beautiful campus in the fall. I love changing leaves, and the warm colors that everything takes on around this time. Going for a jog or walk around the campus during this time is especially nice because you can appreciate the entire place fully. One of my favorite things on campus is the trees that line some of the parking lots; they are gorgeous!

(A student, Quinaya, holding "Sweat-P" the snake during the majors and minors fair.)

(A student, Quinaya, holding “Sweat-P” the snake during the majors and minors fair.)

The events – There are countless big events which are coming up toward the second half of the semester. The Gay-Straight Alliance and the Utica College Programming Board are putting on “Take Back Your Prom.” The Greeks are going to put on Midnight Breakfast toward finals week. There are numerous sporting events to attend; hockey games are going to start soon! Everywhere you turn on campus, you’ll see a flier for a new event.

The opportunities – I just helped out with the majors and minors fair, which is an event put on annually in the Library Concourse. It is designed to help students understand what options they have as far as majors and minors go. Information about specific programs is typically presented. Also, there are numerous other events coming up in regards to future opportunities for students. There are networking nights for various majors, which establish connections between current students and successful individuals in their respective fields.

(I needed a warm cup of coffee on this chilly sunday!)

(I needed a warm cup of coffee on this chilly sunday!)

Coffee on a brisk day – For me, there is little better than sipping a cup of warm coffee on a cold day. Excuse the cliche, but it warms your soul. Fortunately for us, Utica College has a wide array of places to choose from when it comes to coffee. If you haven’t done it before, I encourage you to sit outside the library in the concourse and sip a coffee (or hot chocolate!) and just observe. As I’ve said before, this campus is beautiful in the fall. Take some time to appreciate it.

Thanksgiving break – This isn’t necessarily a thing which occurs on campus (for most), but it is three days off that the school allows us. I love spending time with my family, and relaxing before the craziness of finals starts. Plus, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday, is the day after. I love getting all of my Christmas shopping done and out of the way on one day!

 

 

 

 

My UC Homecoming 2014

Oct 19, 2014 | Author: Tessa Lamper

As everyone knows, this past weekend was Homecoming at Utica College. The campus was jam-packed with fun activities for everyone and left a lot of great memories! Here are some of the things I enjoyed over the weekend…

My Homecoming 2014 experience started with the Casino Night, where I enjoyed playing Roulette and Blackjack (and found out that I am pretty good!). At the end, when I turned in my chips, I received a ton of raffle tickets that won me a cool water bottle (It may not sound impressive to you, but I was extremely excited!).

The next day, (Saturday), I started out early at 6 a.m. to get ready for the Open House (along with blogging, I am also an Ambassador/Tele-counselor). For Open House, our duties are to welcome potential UC students to the campus, answer their questions, get to know them and show them around. All of the families I met and spoke with were so friendly and enthusiastic about the college, even in the rain!

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When the Open House finished, I went to the tailgating festivities, and then went to the game. What’s fantastic about UC is that, even though we were losing the football game, the stadium was still packed in support for our Pioneers. After the game, I went over to Strebel for the mini carnival. There were many different activities, but the best part was the live band, Showtime. They played songs from different time periods and of all different genres. They were extremely talented

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(Some folks getting jiggy to the band’s music!)

 

 

 

 

Later that night, I stood behind Strebel with my friends to watch the awesome fireworks and then went to the John Cassidy Balloon Freak Show. He did magic, comedy and of course, built AMAZING balloon figures. He made anything from a deer to a giraffe to an alien on a motorcycle! It was definitely a show that I hope UCPB brings back because it was entertaining on all levels.

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For me, Homecoming 2014 at Utica College was a fun and unforgettable experience. Thank you to all who made it happen, and I cannot wait for next year!